Well Ken with HD all the rage you can pick up a mini-DV camcorder fairly cheap. It still looks good on HD TV but certainly not HD good.
Here's a newer model on B&H for $250:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5 ... ifications
It has it listed in specs elsewhere with the passthrough feature I mentioned. Be sure to look for that if you want to transfer those VHS tapes.